The district of Üsküdar is one of Istanbul’s oldest-established residential areas. Looking down the Golden Horn to where it joins the Bosphorus and flows into the Marmara we see the fabled Maiden’s Tower, the little islet watchtower which stands at the confluence of the city’s garland of waters. Beyond, on the Asian shore, the after noon sun is reflected in the windows of Üsküdar, anciently called Chrysopolis, the City of Gold.
Though densely populated, Üsküdar has many areas of greenery, including the Çamlıca hills, the Bosphorus coastline, and various parks. In addition, the area has a high concentration of historic buildings and religious sites.